February 3, 2024
Sandra Day O'Connor HS

Oral tests rules

Please click the button to the right for each rule in oral tests category.

Oral Tests Critique Sheet
Directed Dialogue
Entry Limit: Two contestants per level, per school:  Level 1 & Level 2 only The judges will ask the contestant questions on his/her level of understanding (things generally covered in first-year and second-year textbooks).  Questions will be selected by a combination of students drawing 3 questions and judges asking the same 2 standard questions to all contestants.  Judges will grade on pronunciation, degree of complexity and fluency, knowledge of topic, and grammatical correctness.  

DD 1 Prompts

DD 2 Prompts

Extemporaneous Speaking
Entry Limit: Two contestants per level, per school:  Level 3, Level 4 & Advantaged

Speech Time Limits: Level 3: 1-3 minutes      Level 4: 2-4 minutes      Level Adv: 3-5 minutes

The contestant will draw a topic at the beginning of his/her time slot.*  The topics will not be technical and will pertain to daily life.  Different contestants will receive different topics, but the topics will be of approximately equal difficulty.  After drawing a topic, the contestant will have a maximum of 10 minutes to prepare.  He/she may write during this time, but no books or dictionaries may be used in preparation, and NO notes, even those made during the preparation period, may be used in the speech.  *At Regionals only, students may draw 2 topics and choose one of the two to prepare.

Possible Extemp Topics

Oral Presentation-Virtual Submission Event

You must submit your entry no later than one week before the contest. Websites will be updated each year to reflect the submission due dates.  Instructions for uploading the entry will be published on the contest website and/or distributed to teachers each year. Specific instructions for labeling the entries with name(s), school, event, and title(s) (if appropriate) are included in the individual event rules.

Entry Limit:  2 contestants per level, per school: Level 4 & Advantaged only (EXCEPTION: If a school has no Level 4 students or advantaged speakers attending contest, Level 3 contestants may enter, but with the understanding that they will be competing against Level 4 contestants.)

Time Limit:  2-4 minutes

The contestant gives a prepared presentation based on a provided picture prompt. The picture will be posted on the contest website by December 1 each year and will relate to some current cultural topic. The presentation must compare cultural perspectives between one or more German-speaking countries and your own region related to the topic suggested by the picture. Contestant may use notes (maximum 10 bullet points, maximum 5 words per bullet), but the presentation is otherwise memorized.  The presentation may be accompanied by a visual component (picture cards, poster, photo story, images on a tablet or laptop), but the visuals cannot include any words.  Note: Contestant must remain fully in view of the camera for the entire presentation, so if close ups of visuals are necessary, the contestant must make sure he/she is still 100% visible. The video may not cut back and forth between contestant and visuals.

Submission Process:

1. Record yourself (or have someone record you) giving your presentation.  You may do as many “takes” as you want until you’re satisfied with the result, but the submitted recording must be a single continuous unedited take, not a spliced-together compilation of the best parts of multiple takes. (See rules above regarding use of visuals.)

2. If notes were used, hold the note card(s) up to the camera for at least 5 seconds (each) at the end of the presentation so that the judges can get a good look at it (them). The time it takes to display the note cards does not count toward the time limit.

3. Upload the video of your presentation to YouTube or Vimeo.

4. Create a single Word document or Google Doc with your nameyour school, an image (or images) of your “visual component” if you used one, and a hyperlink to your YouTube/Vimeo recording. **If you are concerned about privacy and want to password-protect your video, include the password with the hyperlink in the document.

5. Convert this document to a PDF file and upload it according to the instructions provided. Do NOT upload the video itself; the judges will access your video via the link that you include on the document.

Picture for 2024 link. (In contrast to past years, this is a link to an external website. Look primarily at the PICTURE posted on that page rather than the text. Your presentation may certainly address but need not be limited to the specific occasion/event described in the article. Rather, take the picture as emblematic of a broad topic and feel free to explore any aspect(s) of that topic in your presentation. Since Texas State German Contests, Inc. doesn’t control the external site, it is possible that the link will expire at some point. If clicking on the link does not take you to an article with a single picture, email Sprachfest director to receive a PDF of the site as it appeared when the link was posted. Teachers were emailed the pdf in Dec.)

Pair Discussion
Entry Limit 2 entries (pairs) per school (Level 3 only)

Discussion time:  3 minutes (not including a 30-second reflection time)

A pair of contestants draws a topic instructing them to plan something (trip, purchase, celebration, etc.). Both are expected to make suggestions and voice opinions, to agree or disagree, and to make alternative suggestions. At the end of the discussion, they must come to an agreement. The topics will pertain to the daily life of teenagers. No contestant pairs will have the same topic. From the time the topic is drawn, the contestants may take up to 30 seconds to read the topic and gather their thoughts, but they may not speak to each other during this time. At the end of the 30 seconds, the contestants have 3 minutes to role-play the situation. Contestants will be judged independently of one another. Both scores will be added together for their team score.

Click here for tips and sample videos of Pair Discussion

Sight Reading
Entry Limit: Two contestants per level, per school:  Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4

Time Limits:  up to 1 minute preparation time plus 2 minutes to read the piece to judges

The contestant will receive a copy of a prose piece that he/she has never seen before.  The contestant may look at the prose for up to 1 minute before reading it for the judges.  Contestants then have 2 minutes to read aloud the prose selection .  The judges will stop the contestant after 2 minutes, regardless of how far he/she has read into the selection.


Jan. 16, 2024
Sprachfest online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $12 per student. Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $15 per student.

Jan. 22, 2024:
Sprachfest online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline).

Jan. 22, 2024:
Postmark deadline for Sprachfest payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

Feb. 3, 2024:
Sprachfest 2024

Feb. 9, 2024
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $12 per student. Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $15 per student. Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

Feb. 14, 2024:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline). Also, postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

Important Dates

Feb. 24, 2024
Texas State German Contest

Mar. 10, 2024
Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

August 1, 2023-April 30, 2024
Teacher Grant applications due

February 3, 2024
47th Sprachfest 2024

February 24, 2024
42nd Texas State German Contest 2024

Contact Us

Sprachfest Director
Suzy Holland

Sprachfest/TSGC Mailing Address
Texas State German Contests, Inc.
PO Box 2043
Boerne, TX 78006

Onsite Director
Susanne Thielen